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  • Dee Gordon (pink eye) ready for spring debut
    Dee Gordon (pink eye) will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Gordon was originally scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, but he was sent home due to pink eye. Fortunately, it didn't take him long to get back to normal. The 28-year-old should come at a discount in fantasy drafts this year after his disappointing 2015, but his speed remains a game-changer. 56 minutes ago
  • Frazier (thumb) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Adam Frazier (thumb) is back in the Pirates' Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frazier was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left thumb discomfort, but the issue didn't keep him out of action for long. He'll bat leadoff and play left field in his return to action. The 24-year-old should serve as an active utility player this season. Today, 5:33 am
  • Segura goes 3-for-3 with a homer vs Royals
    Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Monday versus the Royals.

    Advice: He delivered a run-scoring double in the first inning and followed that with the two-run longball in the second frame. He was acquired by the Mariners in the Taijuan Walker trade with Arizona back in November. He had an excellent season in 2016 with a .319 batting average, 20 home runs, 102 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. He also had a big year in 2013 but his other three seasons were woeful. He has been batting second in the Mariners' order so far this spring and will be their everyday shortstop. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Rangers meet with Rougned Odor's reps again
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Rougned Odor's agents, Danny Horwits and Rick Thurman, met again Monday to discuss a contract extension.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report last week that the two sides began talking about a long-term deal for the second baseman. Heyman added at the time that Texas is believed to have offered a deal similar to the six-year, $52.5 million one that Jason Kipnis received. It's unclear at this point how much momentum there is for something to get done, but it appears both sides are motivated. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Andrew Romine doubles twice
    Andrew Romine doubled twice Monday, including once in an eight-run eighth inning, as the Tigers came back to beat the Braves 10-7.

    Advice: Romine homered Saturday, so he's off to quite the power surge this spring. That's three extra-base hits in seven at-bats for a guy who has never had more than nine in a season as a major leaguer (he has six homers, two triples and 19 doubles in 761 career at-bats). Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Andrew Romine Det - 1B,2B,3B,SS,CF
  • Micah Johnson scores three times
    Micah Johnson singled, walked twice and scored three runs Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Johnson has made both his starts this spring in the outfield, first in center and today in right. He'll need to show that kind of versatility in order to have a chance of making the Braves, but he's still kind of a long shot, especially since his profile is so similar to Jace Peterson's. Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • Trea Turner homers against Cardinals
    Trea Turner had a solo homer in three at-bats Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The early assumption was that Turner would bat second after the Adam Eaton acquisition, separating the Nationals' left-handed hitters, but Dusty Baker has made it clear he prefers Turner leading off. That's probably best for Turner's fantasy value; it'll cost him some RBI, but he'll get more chances to steal. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Wong (shoulder) making spring debut Mon.
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) is starting at second base and batting leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It will be the first live action of the spring for Wong, who's been slowed in Cardinals camp by some lingering right shoulder inflammation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny insisted to reporters Sunday that the shoulder discomfort is not a big concern, but we'll continue to monitor the situation closely. Wong has dealt with shoulder problems before. Yesterday, 6:22 am
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
  • Profar has RBI single, two walks vs. Royals
    Jurickson Profar had an RBI single and two walks in three plate appearances Sunday against the Royals.

    Advice: It was the first Cactus League action of the spring for Profar, who is projected to open the 2017 regular season as the Rangers' primary left fielder. Profar started at shortstop Sunday with Elvis Andrus finishing up his rehabilitation from November hernia surgery. The 24-year-old former top prospect owns a weak .235/.311/.341 batting line in 184 career major league games, but there is still some upside here. Sunday, 6:19 pm
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Saladino smacks two singles vs. Rockies
    Tyler Saladino finished 2-for-3 with a run scored Sunday as the White Sox topped the Rockies.

    Advice: Saladino singled in the first inning off Rockies starter German Marquez before adding another single in the bottom of the fourth against minor leaguer Harrison Musgrave. The 27-year-old utilityman is fighting for an Opening Day roster spot this spring. He owns a weak .257/.294/.376 career batting line in 161 major league games. Sunday, 4:28 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
  • Peraza singles, doubles as Reds top SF
    Jose Peraza finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the Reds' loss to the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: Peraza hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second and then doubled in the bottom of the fourth. He again started at second base and batted leadoff for the Reds. The talented 22-year-old is shaping up as a highly-valuable fantasy commodity for the 2017 season. Sunday, 3:33 pm
    Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,CF
  • Utley drives in three, Dodgers top Brewers
    Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Dodgers' 10-8 defeat of the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Utley hit a two-run double in the Dodgers' four-run third inning and an RBI single in the Dodgers' three-run fourth inning. The veteran infielder re-upped with Los Angeles earlier this month on a one-year, $2 million free agent deal. He'll be an active bench player in 2017. Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Starlin Castro hits three-run homer in win
    Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer Sunday as the Yankees beat a Blue Jays split-squad 7-2.

    Advice: The Yankees reportedly shopped Castro over the winter, but there was a very limited market for middle infielders, especially ones with contracts like Castro's. Ideally, he'd play well enough early on to potentially give himself some trade value in July. The Yankees might need to keep him then if they're in contention, but they should be hoping to have Gleyber Torres at short and Didi Gregorius at second as early as April 2018. Sunday, 12:52 pm
  • Logan Forsythe gets injection in knee
    Logan Forsythe received an injection of Synvisc in his left knee last week.

    Advice: It's more of a maintenance injection that supplements fluids in joints which are affected by arthritis or cartilage deterioration. Forsythe had surgery on the knee back in September of 2011. "It’s just precautionary," said Forsythe. "I asked them (the Dodgers’ medical staff) if there was anything I could do to stay ahead of it." Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Jason Kipnis nursing strained rotator cuff
    Jason Kipnis will be shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff.

    Advice: The Indians have had Kipnis on what they were calling a shoulder strengthening/maintenance program this spring, but they had been saying it was just a precaution. Now we know that the second baseman is actually injured. Kipnis was given a cortisone shot in hopes that it will speed up the healing process. It's obviously unclear at this point as to when Kipnis might be game-ready. Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Matheny says Wong injury not a big deal
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Kolten Wong's right shoulder injury "got made into a bigger deal than it ought to."

    Advice: The skipper added that Wong will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. "I heard that got made into a bigger deal than it ought to," said Matheny. "(Wong) wasn’t too happy this morning as to how it was interpreted because it was interpreted as we’re just being cautious. He’s going to be playing tomorrow. He’s doing just fine." Matheny can downplay the ailment all he wants, but the fact that Wong's shoulder is still sore five months after he was injured is a concern. It's something to keep an eye on this spring. Sunday, 7:57 am
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
  • Kolten Wong (shoulder) hopes to play Monday
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) is hoping to be in the lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the Cardinals' first two Grapefruit League contests due to lingering right shoulder inflammation which first surfaced at the end of last season. The team hasn't expressed much concern about their second baseman to this point, but it's obviously worrisome that the injury isn't healed yet. Sunday, 6:30 am
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
  • Adam Frazier scratched with thumb injury
    Adam Frazier was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left thumb discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point whether it could be more than a day-to-day situation. Frazier might wind up being an important piece for the Pirates this year, especially if Jung Ho Kang's off-the-field issues linger into the season. Sunday, 6:23 am
  • 'Going to be tough' to get Javy Baez starts
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that "it's going to be tough to get (Javier Baez) in there often enough at the beginning of the game."

    Advice: "In a perfect world, everyone is well," Maddon said. "It's going to be tough to get him in there often enough at the beginning of the game. You probably see him there on most games we finish that we're winning. He'll be fine. The development will continue. He gets it. He's going to get plenty of at-bats before the season's over." As Maddon alluded to, Baez doesn't have a regular spot in the lineup as long as the Cubs stick with a Jon Jay/Albert Almora platoon in center field and keep Jason Heyward in right. Baez's versatility will allow him to fill in often at multiple positions, and he'll sub in at second base often late in games for defensive purposes, pushing Ben Zobrist to left field and Kyle Schwarber to the bench. Still, fantasy owners need to be prepared for the fact that he's not going to receive everyday at-bats. Sunday, 6:13 am
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) lands on 60-day DL
    Braves placed INF Sean Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Christian Walker. Rodriguez won't play this season after injuring his shoulder in a car crash and having surgery to repair a badly torn rotator cuff and labrum damage as well as relocating a biceps tendon. Sunday, 5:17 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
  • Chris Taylor getting a look in center field
    Chris Taylor played four innings in center field during Saturday's Cactus League opener against the White Sox.

    Advice: Taylor has been a jack-of-all-trades throughout his career but had never played the outfield until Saturday. It could be just another spring training experiment, but if Taylor can prove to be a competent outfielder it will only help his chances of making the big league roster. Taylor hit .231 over 36 games for the Dodgers and Mariners last season. Saturday, 4:16 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS
  • Javier Baez picks up two-bagger vs. Giants
    Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a double in Saturday's split-squad loss to the Giants.

    Advice: First double of the spring for Baez. The 24-year-old is looking to build on a 2016 season in which he hit .273/.314/.423 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 12 steals over the course of 421 at-bats. Saturday, 4:11 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Dustin Pedroia to continue hitting leadoff
    Dustin Pedroia will continue to hit leadoff for the Red Sox.

    Advice: Mookie Betts started last season as Boston's leadoff hitter but was eventually moved down in the order so the Red Sox could better utilize his power. Pedroia made a smooth transition to the leadoff spot, slashing .362/.394/.457 over 199 at-bats. Second base is fairly deep this season but the 33-year-old remains an excellent fantasy option in all formats. Saturday, 2:08 pm
  • Bruce and Walker could see time at first base
    Mets manager Terry Collins said he's spoken to Jay Bruce and Neil Walker about getting reps at first base.

    Advice: Collins has hinted at trying Bruce out at first base but this is the first time he's mentioned using Walker in that capacity. Bruce has made three career starts at first but none since 2014 while Walker has never made a big league appearance at first base. Lucas Duda is out with hip issues and it's unclear how long his injuries will linger. Tinkering with lineups and positions is pretty common this time of year so in all likelihood Collins is just doing his due diligence. Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Dee Gordon (pink eye) out until Monday
    Updating an earlier report, Dee Gordon is dealing with pink eye.

    Advice: That explains why he was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. Gordon won't play until Monday at the earliest. The former batting champ is hoping to bounce back after hitting just .268 during a suspension-shortened 2016 campaign. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Wong dealing with inflammation in shoulder
    Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.

    Advice: While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring. Saturday, 12:48 pm
    Player Note
    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,CF
  • Brett Lawrie (leg) not in lineup on Saturday
    Brett Lawrie was held out of the White Sox starting lineup on Saturday due to recurring leg issues.

    Advice: Lawrie missed time during the 2016 season due to issues with his left leg. He had been a full participant in all team activities prior to Saturday but wasn't feeling right prior to the start of the game. It's definitely a situation that is worth monitoring in the coming days. Saturday, 10:51 am
  • Tommy La Stella dealing with tight hamstring
    Tommy La Stella is currently dealing with tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: He's considered day-to-day. The 28-year-old appeared in 74 games for the Cubs in 2016, slashing .270/.357/.405 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI in 148 at-bats. He's expected to once again function in a utility role for the Cubs in 2017. Saturday, 9:18 am
  • Logan Forsythe hitting leadoff on Saturday
    Logan Forsythe is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Cactus League play on Saturday.

    Advice: Forsythe is just one of the candidates competing to bat atop the Dodgers order this spring. Manager Dave Roberts has also indicated Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier are under consideration for that spot. Saturday, 8:40 am
  • Dee Gordon (illness) not in lineup Saturday
    Dee Gordon was scratched from the Marlins starting lineup on Saturday due to illness.

    Advice: Gordon was scheduled to start at second base and bat leadoff, but was sent home due to feeling under the weather. He should be ready to return to game action in a day or two. Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Howie Kendrick hits second in home opener
    Howie Kendrick is batting second on Saturday as the Phillies deploy a probable Opening Day preview in their Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees.

    Advice: Kendrick is set to open the season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder and should be able to generate plenty of fantasy value if he remains in a premium lineup spot. Michael Saunders is hitting fifth on Saturday with Tommy Joseph slotted behind him in the sixth spot. Saturday, 5:18 am
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Brandon Phillips bats sixth in Braves debut
    Brandon Phillips is batting sixth in the lineup for his Grapefruit League debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This looks an awful lot like it could be the club's Opening Day lineup, minus the fact that there's a designated hitter in play. Phillips spent most of his time with the Reds alternating between the 3-5 spots in the lineup, so expect his counting stats to take a small hit overall with the bump down. Saturday, 4:56 am
  • Tim Beckham paces Rays in Grapefruit victory
    Tim Beckham went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and a run scored as the Rays bested the Twins 3-1 in Grapefruit League play on Friday.

    Advice: Beckham doubled to lead off the game but was stranded. He then tripled and scored in the third inning as the game's first run. He is slated to function in a utility role with the Rays this season, though that could change if he continues to light the world on fire throughout the spring. Friday, 7:08 pm
    Player Note
    Tim Beckham TB - 1B,2B,SS
  • Jose Peraza swipes base in spring debut
    Jose Peraza went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a stolen base as the Reds fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: The speedster got the start at second base, where he's in line to start regularly for the Reds this season. He also hit out of the leadoff spot in this one, though he was the club's only regular in the lineup. While his speed makes him an attractive fantasy commodity, the trade of Brandon Phillips has caused Peraza's draft stock to soar in recent weeks. Friday, 3:27 pm
    Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,CF
  • Rangers discussing long-term deal with Odor
    According to Jon Heyman, the Rangers are discussing a long-term extension with second baseman Rougned Odor.

    Advice: Heyman says the Texas front office is "believed to have offered something in the range of the $52.5-million, six-year deal Jason Kipnis did as a pre-arb player with the Indians." Odor and Kipnis have the same agent, so this isn't some random comp. It sounds like the goal is to get something hammered out before the end of spring training. Odor, 23, tallied 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored in 150 games last season for the Rangers. He is currently under control through 2020. Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Turner misses part of workout for jury duty
    Tea Turner missed part of Wednesday's workout because he was summoned for jury duty.

    Advice: West Palm Beach isn't far from Turner's home in Lake Worth, Florida, so it wasn't much of a hassle. True to form, the 23-year-old got out of there in a hurry. "He told me he was going to jury duty. Then he got there and he said they didn’t need him," said Nationals manager Dusty Baker. "When they call, you don’t have much choice. He seemed pretty happy about not doing it, though." Wednesday, 12:11 pm
  • Neil Walker extension talks 'probably dead'
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, "the feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead."

    Advice: Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were making progress on a contract extension that would potentially run through 2019, but it sounds like there wound up being a big gap in the financial expectations. Walker will make $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in early November. He is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Monday, 10:14 am
  • Mets extension talks with Walker 'hit a snag'
    According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets' extension talks with Neil Walker "have hit a snag."

    Advice: Carig says "it’s still possible negotiations could heat up once more," but there is nothing imminent at this time. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a new deal that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million," but there are apparently some disagreements in the details. Walker will earn $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in November. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Monday, 8:26 am
  • Nothing imminent between Mets and Walker
    Marc Carig of Newsday was told Monday morning that "nothing is imminent" in the ongoing extension talks between the Mets and Neil Walker.

    Advice: Walker and his reps met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and it sounds like there could be an agreement at some point this spring, but we're not there yet. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported this weekend that the two sides have been discussing a contract extension that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million." Walker, 31, slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017. Feb 20, 6:29 am
  • Mets continue extension talks with Walker
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets and Neil Walker's agent have discussed a contract extension that would run through 2019 and would be worth "north of $40 million."

    Advice: Walker accepted the club's $17.2 million qualifying offer in November, but the two sides are interested in ripping up that deal and installing a new three-year pact. General manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he talked to Walker's agent on Saturday and planned to discuss things with the player himself soon. Walker, 31, hit 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season in his first year in New York before undergoing back surgery. Feb 19, 12:33 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Feb 19, 11:36 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
  • Dodgers officially announce Chase Utley deal
    Dodgers signed INF Chase Utley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal finally became official on Saturday with Utley arriving to Dodgers' camp and taking his physical. He'll function as a utility infielder in 2017 and should also have plenty of opportunities as a left-handed bat off the bench. Feb 18, 9:29 am
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